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The story of a poem Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

 This post tells the story of a very famous poem by the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish,  called ‘To My Mother’ (إلى أمي). It was originally called an apology to my mother. Mahmoud Darwish tells that he had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and he was the middle son. When older siblings are given duties, he was…

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Ahlem Mosteghanemi Posted by on Aug 15, 2016

Ahlem Mosteghanemi (أحلام مستغانمي‎‎), is an Algerian writer who has been called “the world’s best-known arabophone woman novelist” Ahlem was born in Tunis. She is the daughter of a militant political activist who was forced into exile during the Algerian liberation war. In the wake of independence, her family moved back to Algeria, where her…

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Saleh Al-Sha’ir: A Declaration of Love Posted by on May 11, 2016

   Ahlan, Arabic lovers! In today’s post, I am presenting a beautiful love poem by a friend; Saleh Al-Sha’ir صالح الشاعر. Is there a relationship between a person’s name and his/her character and/or his/her interests? I do believe yes. “Saleh صــالــح” is an Arabic adjective that means “pious”! Also, “Al-Sha’ir الــشــاعــر” means “the poet”! There…

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Nizar Qabbani: Thanks! Posted by on Apr 27, 2016

   Ahlan, Arabic lovers! In this post, I am presenting a beautiful love poem by the great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani نزار قباني. The poem has the title of “Thanks! شــُــكــراً“. In the poem, Nizar thanks his beloved for the love and happiness she gave to his life. I made the English translation for the…

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Nizar Qabbani: The Tree Posted by on Jan 17, 2016

   Ahlan, Arabic lovers! In this post, I am presenting a beautiful love poem by the great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani نزار قباني. The poem has the title of “The Tree الشجرة“. In the poem, Nizar urges his beloved not be fixed in one place like a tree. He urges her to be a living…

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Think of Others Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش‎, 13 March 1942 – 9 August 2008) is a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. In his work, Palestine became a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and…

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Reading Comprehension Answers: Naguib Mahfouz Posted by on Jun 5, 2015

   Ahlan, Arabic lovers! How was the last Arabic reading exercise about the only Arab Nobel Laureate for Literature; Naguib Mahfouz? I hope you have done well in it. Here are the answers just for you to check. To view the passage and the questions again, please click here. الإجــابــات Answers ولــِــدَ نــجــيــب مــحــفــوظ فــى…

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